December 16th, 2008
01:25 PM ET

Cheney on waterboarding: 'Did it produce the desired results? I think it did.'

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/12/16/cheney.iraq/art.cheney.gi.jpg caption="Vice President Dick Cheney brushes aside ex-colleagues' assertions he has morphed into a unrecognizable figure."]

In his first TV interview since the presidential election, Vice President Dick Cheney once again staunchly defended the Bush administration's record in the war on terror and, more specifically, the decision to go to war in Iraq.

While admitting that he shared "frustration" over faulty intelligence regarding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, Cheney asserted to ABC News' Jonathan Karl on Monday that "the world is better off with Saddam [Hussein] gone."

"I think we made the right decision in spite of the fact that the original [intelligence estimate] was off in some of its major judgments," Cheney said.

"Saddam Hussein still had the capability to produce weapons of mass destruction. He had the technology [and] he had the people. ... [He] had every intention of resuming production once the international sanctions were lifted. This was a bad actor."

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Gene Penszynski from Vermont

    Well if the 'desired results' were more innocents needlessly killed worldwide and reducing the stature and credibility of the United States of America and its citizens as well as making teh world a less safe place then YES .... Right On Target Cheney !

    December 16, 2008 at 6:04 pm |
  2. Lisa

    Re Cheney's comments on Guantanamo - are US Military bases not considered US soil? If so, then POWs held there would automatically be granted the rights he refers to if they were brought "on-shore." If they are not, then McCain is not a US citizen.

    December 16, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  3. Lisa

    So, in other words, the ends justify the means. I wonder if he would feel the same way if it was an American POW being waterboarded?

    December 16, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  4. Max

    ONE can only HOPE.

    December 16, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  5. Ian F. Hood

    If Cheney says that water boarding is an acceptable and successful means for getting results then he is also saying to the world that this is how we are willing to have our own soldiers treated when captured.

    Really Cheney? Really? Unfortunately I think he really doesn't care. He had his own agenda and is now moving on.

    December 16, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  6. J Nielsen

    Its hard to hold moral high ground when you are dealing with terrorists who have no regard for human life. Just ask Nick Berg.

    December 16, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  7. Annie Kate

    I think Cheney leaving office does more good for the world than the Iraq war did. Anyone that would condone torture like Cheney does needs to be kept out of high government office – in effect he is saying that the ends justify any means available to get them. Surely the US standards are higher than that.

    December 16, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  8. Sharon Kitchen

    I read this article and I still can not believe what Cheney has admitted to. A war crimes tribunal would be VERY appropiate.
    This should occur with the ICC.
    In this court ,Bush should also be placed.
    If either Bush or Cheney shoud ask why,repeat their phrase:"so what",and "so". That is all the care or concern they are capable of.
    What a pair.
    Let the ICC have them. Forever.

    December 16, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  9. Rob Renz

    Dick Cheney and the inner circle of the Bush administration that authorized torture should be prosecuted for war crimes.... No American should be able to engage in torture.

    December 16, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  10. Mary V., Salt Lake City, UT

    Cheney is a war criminal, but sadly the Congress does not have the courage to impeach Bush/Cheney.

    The Geneva Convention which was largely authored by the United States has been thrown aside in the name of power.

    The facts are the facts: there were no terrorists in Iraq until we invaded. NOW ........ there are plenty!

    December 16, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  11. Rose V.

    I think our President handle Sunday's situation with grace by joking. The men that threw the shoe did not demostrate freedom of speech, for his actions were not verbal but physical aggressiveness and should be convicted. And BOOO.... to the secret service man, they were slow and fell asleep on the job.

    December 16, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  12. Bev C.

    Do you believe he's still repeating the same old, tired mantra he was spewing over the past eight years? Good riddance.

    December 16, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  13. JC- Los Angeles

    How about waterboarding Blagojevich, corrupt politicians, criminal Wall Street executives, fraudulent mortgage lending executives and all the other hacks that have contributed to the fall of our nation.

    It's getting harder to argue that the low-level thugs in Guantanamo Bay have done more harm to America than the connected few.

    December 16, 2008 at 1:37 pm |